Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Deborah Decker -- Memory

Deborah Decker
TAG presents Memory, a series of drawings by Deborah Decker. Decker considers herself a figurative artist, however in these works, non-representation provided her with a broader dialogue from which to develop a separate code of psychological schisms, complexities and energy. Therefore, abstraction affords her the opportunity to physically translate memories directly into optical information.
Deborah Decker
"The visceral feelings of the graphite across the paper, the stretch of my arm, the full movement of my body, the push and flow of the graphite became a catalyst in igniting haunting memories of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse which seem to now be a part of my DNA.
Deborah Decker, I Don't Know, Graphite and pastel on paper, 16 x 45"
With insidious cunning the deep and haunting memories again bubble up into my consciousness as I relive them with each stroke. Time and events merge and awaken in flashes of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, which I am never seem to be able to bury deep enough. Then perhaps a touch, a sound, or a word, and like an old friends they simple call to reminisce."
Deborah Decker
The Exhibition runs through Saturday December 15
Artist Talk: Saturday, December 15, 3pm

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Shelley Lazarus -- H2O works

Shelley Lazarus, Wild Sky, Watercolor, 12 x 12"
“No matter where I find myself; looking up at clouds, watching the ocean, looking down at rooftops, or just a set up in my studio, the fluidity and immediacy of watercolor bring out my first impressions. My love affair with watercolor first began during my travels in the 1970s and has never wavered. But never the purist I love to add other mediums to my works always looking for new ways to express my visions.
Shelley Lazarus, The Road, Watercolor, 12 x 12"
Spending weekends going back and forth from LA to Ventura I have begun an adventure with clouds and ocean waves. The patterns of the clouds and their effect on the landscape are just what my watercolors were made for. In this show I have tried to portray the clouds and waves on different surfaces.
Shelley Lazarus, The Sky Above Water, Watercolor, 16 x 13"
Clouds Got In the Way is a song my son was very fond of. This exhibition is dedicated to his memory and to the Robert David Lazarus Pulmonary Unit at Cedar-Sinai Hospital. The proceeds from this show will go to that unit.”
-Shelley Lazarus
Shelley Lazarus, Trois Fleurs, Watercolor, 18 x 22"
Shelley has been teaching at the Brentwood Art Center for over 25 years and is one of the founding members of TAG.

The Exhibition runs through Saturday December 15
Reception: Saturday, December 1, 5­-8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, December 15, 3pm

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Joe Pinkelman -- America

Joe Pinkelman, This Land is Our Land (White Immigrants First), Ceramic, 22 x 19 x 20"
TAG presents America, a new body of work by ceramicist Joe Pinkelman.
Pinkelman was strongly influenced by two books, We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. The books examine historical and current racism in America.
Joe Pinkelman, I Promise To Be Double (White) Good (Standards for White Folk Are Much Lower), Ceramic, 22 x 13 x 12"
Pinkelman only begins to scratch the surface of the deplorable treatment that black Americans have received since the 17th century. His examination is further limited because it comes from a white male for who the US system was tailored.
Joe Pinkelman, In Memory of Trayvon Martin (My Blood is Red Like Yours), Ceramic, 22 x 20 x 3"
As there are too many to count or list, this body of work tries to collectively visualize a portion of egregious actions.
Joe Pinkelman, Incarceration is the New Plantation (Change the Criminal Justice Code), Ceramic, 22 x 13 x 12"
The Exhibition runs through Saturday December 15
Reception: Saturday, December 1, 5­-8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, December 15, 3pm